Thursday, May 5, 2011

Narragansett Porter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (627) - Albany, USA - MAY 5, 2011
I  poured a 16oz can into an Irish tulip pint glass.
Appearance: Seemingly opaque black with hint of red along the edge. Initially forms a huge, foamy/soapy tan head, but it dissipates almost completely and leaves only minor lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very unaromatic with a slight dairy scent often found in porters and stouts. Hints of chocolate and roasted malts.

Taste: Porters are usually mild, but mild shouldn’t be confused with neutral-tasting, as is the case of this beer. I put this beer in my mouth and there isn’t much for my taste buds to grasp on to. I get roasted malt and smoky bitterness on the first few swigs from the head, but the body of the beer itself is mild to the extreme (and yes, I’m aware that’s an oxymoron). If I really pay attention I do get the standard porter flavors, but they are very weak. As it warms I get a slight coffee flavor and accompanying bitterness, but that’s about it. Where’s the chocolate and the roasted malts? It also begins to emit an ever-so-faint sour tang in the aftertaste, but it’s easily ignored and tolerated.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with slightly higher viscosity than most American porters. Tepid, velvety and soft. Slight bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: An ideal session beer as the comforting mouthfeel and mild palate go hand-in-hand in making for a beer you want to drink rather than chug. The 7% ABV is well masked, as this drinks like a much smaller beer.

Overall, a decent porter whose drinkability makes up for its underwhelming palate.

Grade: 5/10

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